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Title Reexamining the Sinosphere : cultural transmissions and transformations in East Asia / edited by Nanxiu Qian, Richard J. Smith, Bowei Zhang
Imprint Amherst, NY : Cambria Press, 2020
book jacket
 Modern History Library  895 R332    DUE 04-17-24    30550100670676
 CLP Library  860 R332    DUE 05-29-24    30580003501983
 RCHSS Library  PL493 R35 2020    AVAILABLE    30560400678691
Descript xlix, 357 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Cambria Sinophone world series
Cambria Sinophone world series
Note "For hundreds of years, into the twentieth century, the culture groups in the areas we now know as China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam shared a great many political and social values, religious beliefs, and artistic and literary traditions. These common cultural features were recorded and transmitted in the same basic written language-classical or literary Chinese (known as guwen/wenyan in China, Kanbun in Japan, Hanmun in Korea, and Hánvan in Vietnam). The umbrella term for this shared language is "literary Sinitic"-a term designed to recognize the fact that although guwen/wenyan originally developed in China, it had a vibrant life of its own in other areas of East Asia (i.e., what this study terms the Sinosphere). This huge but understudied body of written documents offers extraordinarily rich resources for examining issues of cultural continuity and change in this important region of the world. Unfortunately, in the aftermath of the political and social turmoil in East Asia during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, all four cultures abandoned their use of literary Sinitic. As a result, a great many documents written in this important script have been ignored, leaving a substantial gap in our understanding of the relationship between the histories and cultures of premodern East Asia. Like its companion volume, Rethinking the Sinosphere: Poetics, Aesthetics and Identity Formation, this book seeks to fill this gap. One of the primary goals of this study is to break down the intellectual and cultural barriers that have made the Sinosphere difficult to see for itself. These barriers are of two sorts. One is the academic tendency toward intense specialization; most scholars of East Asia focus on a single country, a well-defined period, and an equally well-defined discipline (linguistics, philosophy, history, literature, art, etc.). Another is the tendency of scholars to privilege the country and period they study, and to adhere closely to their disciplinary training and outlook. To break down these barriers, a group of highly accomplished scholars committed to cross-cultural comparisons and interdisciplinary perspectives have been selected for this volume, and the result is a careful and critical examination of the complex cultural interactions that took place in premodern East Asia. Among the many contributions of this study are its examination of different literary genres (including "classics," poetic primers, works for and about women, detective stories, and folksongs), its broad chronological scope (from the eleventh to the twentieth centuries), its equally extensive spatial range (including China, the Xi Xia Kingdom, Japan, Vietnam, and Korea), and its attention to "minority" cultures. Another distinctive feature of this volume is its exploration of epistemological and culture change in late-nineteenth- and early twentieth-century East Asia Reexamining the Sinosphere: Transmissions and Transformations in East Asia will appeal not only to academic specialists in the histories, philosophies, literary and artistic traditions of East Asia, but also to instructors of college-level courses in East Asian history and culture"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references and index
The Circulation of Literary Sinitic Texts. The Transnational Travels of the Yijing 易經 or Classic of Changes: Perspectives from the Sinosphere / Richard J. Smith -- The Circulation of Hangzhou Buddhist Frontispieces in the Sinosphere and Beyond / Shih-shan Susan Huang -- The Monk at the Bottom of the Well: Judicial Cases under the Sweetpear Tree (Tangyin bishi) in Seventeenth-century Japan / Peter Kornicki -- The Reconstruction and Translation of China's Confucian Primers in Vietnam: A Case Study of the Pentasyllabic Poetry for Primary Education / Tuan Cuong Nguyen -- Gender, Class, Ethnicity, and Region in the Fashioning of Cultural Agents and Products. "Exemplary Women" (Lienü 列女) versus "Worthy Ladies" (Xianyuan 賢媛): Two Traditions of Representing Women from China to Japan / Nanxiu Qian -- Literary Chinese as a Gender Equalizer in Korea: Chosn Women's Hanmum Writings / Bowei Zhang -- Empathetic Acculturation through Script: "Yuefeng Xujiu and the Question of Sinoform" / Siao-chen Hu -- Modernization and Knowledge Exchange. Thought, Literature, and the Arts in Huang Zunxian's 黃遵憲 Riben zashi shi 日本雜事詩 (Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects about Japan) / Richard John Lynn -- Myriad Treasures and One Hundred Sciences: Vernacular Chinese and Encyclopedic Japanese Knowledge at the Turn of the Twentieth Century / Joan Judge
Link Online version: 9781621964841
Subject East Asian literature -- History and criticism
Intercultural communication -- East Asia -- History
Alt Author Qian, Nanxiu, editor
Smith, Richard J. (Richard Joseph), 1944- editor
Zhang, Bowei, editor
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